June 23 & 24
Once again the Zoo will celebrate the king of beasts during Lion Awareness Weekend. BMO Harris Bank is the sponsor of this fun family event that highlights everything about our African lions.
We'll put the spotlight on our three real-life lions, Nyack, Shamfa and Zuri. Guests can learn all about lions from our naturalists and by playing our "grrreat" interactive games! Bring the kids (and the camera) to meet with Hubert, Harris Bank's famous lion mascot, and Kiburi, that oh-so-friendly Zoo lion mascot. You can also get your paws on actual lion artifacts and enrichment items!
NEW THIS YEAR!
▪ Three magic shows a day at Café on the Commons – 12noon, 1pm and 2pm – compliments of BMO Harris Bank.
▪ Complimentary Face Painting provided by BMO Harris at the Lion Exhibit
And Even More Fun!
▪ Spin Hubert's Wheel of Fun from 10am to 2pm each day.
▪ Lion Chats at 11am and 1pm at the Lion Exhibit each day.
▪ Paws for a Cause - BMO Harris Bank collects money before and during Lion Awareness Weekend to support enrichment items for our lions. On Saturday, June 23, BMO Harris will present a check to the Indianapolis Zoo with the fund they've raised!
▪ Discovery Carts will be available at the lion exhibit from 10am to 2pm each day, with Naturalists available to answer all your lion questions.
Why is it important that we learn about lions? Because they are decreasing in numbers all the time, and they need our help.
The Indianapolis Zoo, which has long had African lions among the big cats in its collection, supports one of the projects that is helping to change those dynamics around. In addition to conducting basic research on lions, Dr. Bernard Kissui of the African Wildlife Foundation’s Tarangire Lion Project is literally saving lions through mending fences. Not fences that keep lions in, but fences that protect livestock at night from being eaten by lions.
In addition, the Indianapolis Zoo is proud to support three of the 29 nominees for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize who have direct connections to lion conservation: Markus Borner, Ph.D., head of the Africa Program for the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Tanzania, who has dedicated almost 40 years to the conservation of large wilderness areas, the essential habitats for threatened species and natural resources in Africa; Lisa Hywood, founder of the Tikki Hywood Trust that is preserving Zimbabwe’s wildlife through captive breeding, monitored release of endangered species and conservation education; and, Alan Rabinowitz, Ph.D., large cat specialist at the wild cat conservation group Panthera, whose dedication to the species has led to the development of multiple protected areas across the globe. Dr. Borner is one of the six finalists for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize.
Lion Awareness Weekend activities are included with regular Zoo admission.